This all-purpose family bicycle was on display at last year’s Green Living Festival.

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Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Oct. 2, the Evanston Ecology Center will host the fourth annual Evanston Green Living Festival. The focus this year is on the home, and the festival theme is “Live Green, Bring It Home!”  The Evanston Environmental Association (EEA), in concert with the City of Evanston (COE), presents the free festival at the City’s long-running destination for all things green, the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Boulevard, in the heart of Evanston.

EEA President Linda Lutz said the festival’s focus on creating green homes is “consistent with Evanston’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases. Homeowners have options when it comes to creating a greener home, such as buying Energy Star appliances and using alternative forms of energy. Our goal is to offer Festival visitors many options.”

Festival chairperson Fred Schneider said, “According to the U.N., buildings are responsible for more than 40 percent of global energy use and one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Slowing down climate change starts at home. The 2010 Festival brings together a large group of people offering a wide range of green home products, services and expertise that can help turn all of our homes into more sustainable dwellings.”

New this year is a free electronics recycling service.  (See sidebar)

The 2010 Festival also includes a keynote presentation on designing and living in a green home; demonstrations of alternative forms of transportation by innovative green-vehicle organizations, including a collection of hybrid automobiles; and the return of last year’s big hit among younger festival visitors, the just-for-kids eco-musical, “Parker in the Park,” presented at 10:30 a.m.

The Green Market will feature exhibits by nearly 75 area green-home businesses and organizations with products and
services such as organic lawn care, green furniture and interior design, eco-insulation and recycled countertops. 

Visitors can also drop off their used CFL bulbs to be recycled.  The public is urged to bus, walk or bike to the Festival, where bikes can be securely parked at the Free Bike Corral.

Throughout the day, festival attendees can get hands-on experience through demonstrations on an array of green activities.  They can participate in demonstrations on indoor and outdoor composting, rain barrel use, and the latest residential wind turbine. They can learn simple practices that contribute to water and energy conservation, and reduce their carbon output.  Free rickshaw rides will add some fun while demonstrating another alternative form of transportation. Enticing food and refreshments will be offered by Evanston’s Blind Faith Café.

 The RoundTable is one of the sponsors of the 2010 Evanston Green Living Festival. Other sponsors are Pace (Suburban Bus Service), Whole Foods/Evanston North, Consolidated Printing, Vintage Tech Recyclers, Renewal by Andersen, Northwestern University/ISEN, the Archer-Patterson Family Foundation, Citizens Utility Board, Nicor Gas, Home Depot/Evanston, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and Collective Resource, Inc.  Additional information is available at the festival website, www.evanstongreenfest.org or by calling the Ecology Center at 847-448-8256.

Free Electronics Recycling At Green Living Festival

The Evanston Environmental Association will present “Ready, Set, Recycle,” a free electronics recycling event, from 9 a.m. till noon on Oct. 2, as part of the annual Evanston Green Living Festival.

The event will offer residents of Evanston and nearby communities the opportunity to securely dispose of their home electronics at no charge.  The parking lot on the south side of Evanston Townshp High School, with entry near Lake Street and Grey Avenue, will serve as the drop-off point. 

Items eligible for recycling at the event include desktop and laptop computers, monitors, TVs, printers, VCRs, and scanners.  For a complete list of items that are eligible for recycling, directions to the event, and an event map, go to www.evanstongreenfest.org/recycling.html or call 847-448-8256.